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This Morning criticised for being 'tone deaf' as Gino D'Acampo uses £100 ingredient in meal

Poppy Bilderbeck

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This Morning criticised for being 'tone deaf' as Gino D'Acampo uses £100 ingredient in meal

People have taken to social media in outrage over Gino D'Acampo using a £100 ingredient on This Morning. It looks delish, but it's certainly not cheap:

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While many struggle with not only the rising prices of everyday food essentials like milk and butter, but whether or not they'll be able to afford to stay warm this winter, Gino D'Acampo isn't holding back from splashing the cash when it comes to his evening meals.

Armed with an ingredient which comes in at around '£100 to £150,' the Italian celebrity chef took to This Morning to teach viewers how to whip up one of his favourite dishes.

However, both the ITV show and D'Acampo himself have since received widespread criticism online.

D'Acampo and This Morning have received criticism online because of the recipe including such an expensive ingredient. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo
D'Acampo and This Morning have received criticism online because of the recipe including such an expensive ingredient. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

D'Acampo showed Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby how to rustle up one of his favourite pasta dishes on Tuesday's (4 October) episode of This Morning.

While the dish seems harmless enough at first - titled 'Gino's creamy chipolata and mascarpone pasta' - it's one of its toppings which has led to fierce criticism of the chef and programme circulating online.

While Schofield was surprised that the show had bought the £100 product - set to be grated on top of the pasta dish - D'Acampo seemed fairly unfazed, joking it would come out of the presenters' wages before carrying on with his 'overpriced' pasta.

The ingredient costing a whopping £100 was revealed as being white truffle. Credit: ITV
The ingredient costing a whopping £100 was revealed as being white truffle. Credit: ITV

The scandalous ingredient in question? White truffle.

D'Acampo made sure to tilt the bowl towards the camera to give viewers at home a good look at the white truffle - a mere glimpse on the television, in reality, as close as most of us will ever come to seeing the real thing.

The truffle is used by D'Acampo to grate over the pasta, however, he also uses it to flavour some eggs and rice to get the most out of it.

"So one of this £100 to £150 for white truffle, but the good thing is that if you keep it well with good rice, you could make a risotto," he said.

Well, thank heavens for that, if it flavours some extra rice that must make it worth a whopping £100, right?!

Safe to say, viewers were left far from impressed.

One user said: "#ThisMorning once again smashing relations with its average viewer – who are all buying essential truffle as part of the weekly shop."

"#ThisMorning what an utter moron… yes let’s all go and spend £75 on white truffle. Food is expensive as it is… how deluded are the producers of @thismorning to mention a food that’s £75 #ridiculous #CostOfLivingCrisis - Gino = W**ker," another wrote.

A third resolved: "#ThisMorning for goodness sake, please use your cooking slot to produce healthy meals on a budget which I’m sure your viewers are crying out for. It’s not rocket science. Gino’s recipe with truffle was just insulting #Furious."

Despite D'Acampo's adding the white truffle to the dish on This Morning, on the programme's website, the recipe has the fancy ingredient omitted.

LADbible has contacted ITV for comment.

If you've been affected by any of the issues in this story, you can find more information about where to get help from Turn2Us via their website

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: This Morning, TV and Film, Twitter, Social Media

Poppy Bilderbeck
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